Most likely, you already know about the new Oppo smartwatch called Oppo Watch. Actually, this is the first smartwatch from Oppo.
The Chinese manufacturer began expanding its product range in 2020. If earlier Oppo released only smartphones, then today you can buy wireless earbuds, and very soon the company will release its series of smart TVs.
To be honest, I really like Oppo smartphones. Just like Xiaomi, the Chinese manufacturer makes good smartphones with flagship features at affordable prices.
However, after I watched the video reviews and read many articles about the new Oppo Watch, I decided not to buy this watch. Why? Let’s talk about this.
1. Chinese version
The first and perhaps the main reason why you shouldn’t buy Oppo Watch right now is the Chinese version of smartwatch. Oppo introduced its first smartwatch in the Chinese market. If you buy Oppo Watch on Aliexpress or any other online store, most likely you will get the Chinese version.
Of course, you may have a logical question – why not buy the Chinese version of the watch?
Firstly, the Chinese version of Oppo Watch has a Chinese user interface. Yes, most likely you can choose English, but many functions will still be in Chinese.
The next problem with the Chinese version of Oppo Watch is a non-working eSIM and NFC. Most likely, you will not be able to use NFC and eSIM outside of China. Support for eSIM is one of the main features of Oppo Watch, and I do not think that you will be glad that you cannot use it.
2. Apple Watch Clone
Another problem of the new Oppo Watch for me is the design. All the headlines for articles and video reviews on YouTube say that Oppo has released a clone of Apple Watch. Yes, Oppo smartwatch looks like an Apple Watch.
If you have nothing against it, and even vice versa, you’re glad that Oppo Watch looks like Apple Watch, then skip this point. Oppo Watch has a nice rounded design and a curved display. Overall, it looks premium.
However, the fact that Oppo Watch looks exactly like Apple Watch is a drawback for me. I used Amazfit GTS for a long time, and many people confused it with Apple Watch. People are simply disappointed when they find out that this is not Apple Watch, but a Chinese smartwatch, even from a reliable brand like Xiaomi. Can you imagine people reaction when you say that this is not an Apple Watch, but Oppo Watch?
3. High price
Of course, Oppo Watch is cheaper than Apple Watch. 41mm Oppo version of the new smartwatch costs $216 in China. However, if you want to buy the 46 mm version, then you have to pay $289.
Given the fact that Xiaomi Mi Watch costs $190, while the latest generation of Apple Watch costs $400, Oppo Watch does not look so cheap. Moreover, you can buy the previous generation of Apple Watch for $300, or even cheaper.
Why pay $289 for Oppo Watch with a Chinese interface, without eSIM, NFC and some other functions that look like Apple Watch if you can buy the original Apple smartwatch?
If Oppo releases a global version of smartwatch on stock Wear OS from Google with support for Google Play Store, YouTube, eSIM, NFC and other functions that will work in our country, then Oppo Watch will be a good option for purchase. Right now, I cannot recommend buying a new Oppo smartwatch.
What do you think? Write your thoughts in the comments below.
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